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First Tamil Nadu MP disqualified after conviction

NDTV Online
Indian women wait to cast their vote at a polling booth inside a primary school in Shirgaon village of Pune district, some 130 kms south-east of Mumbai yesterday. India hosted its biggest day of voting with the ruling Congress party battling to stem a further slide in the polls against the opposition Hindu nationalists after another week of damaging headlines. Photo: AFP
Indian women wait to cast their vote at a polling booth inside a primary school in Shirgaon village of Pune district, some 130 kms south-east of Mumbai yesterday. India hosted its biggest day of voting with the ruling Congress party battling to stem a further slide in the polls against the opposition Hindu nationalists after another week of damaging headlines. Photo: AFP

A member of the DMK has earned the dubious distinction of becoming the first law-maker from Tamil Nadu to be disqualified from Parliament because he has been found guilty of corruption charges.
TM Selvaganapathy has been found guilty by a court in Chennai for a financial scam embedded in the construction of sheds used at crematoriums across Tamil Nadu in 1995. He has been sentenced to two years in prison.  At the time, the politician was the Rural Development minister in Jayalalithaa's government and a member of her AIADMK. He was expelled in 2008 after the graft charges surfaced and then joined the DMK.
In 2010, he became a member of the Rajya Sabha. In July last year, the Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgement ordering that any law-maker convicted in a criminal case that carries a sentence of two years or more loses office immediately.
That ruling meant that Bihar leader Lalu Yadav was evicted from Parliament in September when he was convicted of corruption during his earlier term as chief minister. The Supreme Court's judgement means that Lalu cannot contest an election for at least six years. He has appealed against his conviction.
The DMK is trawling this election with several of its top leaders tagged to serious charges of corruption. A Raja, former Telecom Minister, has been accused of conferring out-of-turn licenses for mobile networks upon ineligible companies.

Published: 12:00 am Friday, April 18, 2014

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